Deadline is reporting that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 WEEKS LATER, INTRUDERS) is the frontrunner to helm Summit’s reboot of HIGHLANDER. You might remember that Justin Lin recently dropped out in order to focus on FAST SIX for Universal. Summit has been scrambling like mad to find a replacement since his departure.
I’d love to say that Fresnadillo is a fine choice and all (his work, thus far, has been impressive) but there’s a big thing keeping from getting excited about his hire: the reboot of THE CROW. You know, the one that Fresnadillo is attached to? The one that Bradley Cooper is set to star in? Yeah…that f**king scares me. Certainly makes me wonder if I (or any of the other HIGHLANDER fans out there) should be happy that this guy is going to be handling the new adventures of Connor McLeod of the clan McLeod. Anyone who would permit or allow Cooper to play Eric Draven is not of sound mind. Just saying.
Another worry of mine: Melissa Rosenberg recently did a polish of the original script by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Those guys wrote IRON MAN and PUNISHER: WAR ZONE. Both solid action pics that seem to indicate that they would be a good choice for this project. Rosenberg, on the other hand, is wrote all five TWILIGHT flicks, STEP UP and various episodes of PARTY OF FIVE, ALLY MCBEAL, THE O.C. and DR QUINN: MEDICINE WOMAN. Um…yeah. Not the first name I’d think of when it comes to HIGHLANDER but I guess Summit is wanting to apply some of that Cullen magic. Oh and have I mentioned they are aiming for the coveted PG-13?
This is going to be worse than HIGHLANDER: THE SOURCE.